After my article Windows 10 Creators Update — Back Up Now to Avoid Catastrophic Loss on Upgrading, long-time reader Richard Fuller wrote with two unrelated questions.
The first one was:
Your recent newsletter carried a worrying caution. Are you saying that MS can arbitrarily install a Win10 upgrade on a PC under the guise of a Win7 update, without the owner’s specific permission? A friend (in Britain) seems to think this has happened to him.
No doubt there are others among your subscribers who have similar concerns and would be glad to have advice in terms a normal person can understand.
I wrote back to Richard to say that my caution was about the latest Win10 major upgrade being automatically installed on WIndows 10 machines.
I doubt that there is any current effort by Microsoft to automatically foist Windows 10 onto Windows 7 computers, whether via Windows Updates or any other way. Microsoft now charges for Windows 10 — the free upgrade no longer exists (unless you use adaptive technology — e.g. hearing assistance or vision assistance hardware – to be able to use your computer).
Back when the Windows 10 Upgrade was free, they tried vary hard to push Win10 onto Win7 machines, including automatic updating.
Richard wrote back to say:
Many thanks indeed, Terry— I didn’t expect a personal response. Now, why can’t others explain such matters in terms a normal human can understand, as you do?
I do use an external HDD for image backups, but this has worked perfectly well on the same machine for years before iSCSI elbowed its way onto the Start menu. Therefore it seems likely that none of the components of this five-year-old machine were “built and configured to use iSCSI”, so I’ll follow your advice and use WinPatrol to disable it.
Thanks again for your help—very grateful.
All the best,